citizencoyote wrote:A year ago I would have agreed with you. Heck, six months ago I would have agreed with you. These past couple months, however, have altered my opinion. ...
There have been three big points that the anti-Ramy crowd had ... the sales manipulation, the ballot box stuffing, and the "phoning it in" designs.
Indeed, I started doing the numbers to put some quantitative aspects to what was going on every Monday morning ... and then it sorta mushroomed from there, but that's not the discussion right now. The sales tracking did bring to light that (1) the numbers were not as crazy as some folks purported them to be, (2) how tight of a race it can be some weeks, and (3) he was not the only "guilty" artist, which brought up that whole discussion that one week.
The ballot box stuffing, I never believed. I'm not saying it's non-existant either, but it's no different than when friends and family autovote for other artists too. My reasoning is the sales-to-votes numbers and the lack of "derby bunions", aka derby winners that sold less than 1000 (he's had one). If it's anything that closed this argument for good, it's Cell Division, which outsold and outlasted all the other designs from the double take derby; it was 30th place in votes.
Designs, there were to main styles associated - chibi and flowing - and the naysayers had a point. Some supporters had their arguments too, in which I ultimately did take notice of. If there's any design in which I felt was the turning point from "no way am I'm supporting this" to "it's actually not bad", it would be Aztec Sunset.
Am I in 0% support these days, like I was a year ago? Not anymore.
Am I in 100% support these days? No. Even my favorite artists don't get auto-votes for every entry they do. More than that, the past can't be completely ignored either. I can, however, accept moving forward in the positive direction, in which I am seeing - the desire to diversify exists now, and that being sloppy is not a valid excuse for style. It all great now? No, there's still progress to be made. Less turbunguins? Please. Less reliance on pop culture? That would be nice too; when Woot's writers are openly cracking jokes about it, it's a sign.
Last year, picking up a used copy of My Lucky Day almost felt like $2 misspent.
Today, I sure didn't mind dropping $12 and being first sucker for Lucky at Last.